Zarb-e-Azb forced 67,000 to migrate, 37,000 have returned

ISLAMABAD: The ongoing military operation against terrorists in North Waziristan forced 67,000 people to migrate to Afghanistan, according to the Pakistani Foreign Office.

Addressing the weekly press briefing the Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said on Thursday, that out of the total 67,120 people who went across the border, 38,000 have returned.

Aslam appreciated that Afghanistan also has the capacity to host 200,000 refugees, adding that Pakistan has approached the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) as well as the international community to pave the way for repatriation of Afghan refugees living in Pakistan.

Aslam told journalists that 3,000,000 Afghan refugees are currently in the country and Pakistan would like to see them return to their country willingly and in a respectful manner adding that the understanding with UNHCR on the matter is expiring in 2015.

The spokesperson lauded the new Afghan governments desire to bring the refugees home. She said, Pakistan would like the international community to help Afghanistan to create a conducive environment so the refugees may return home willingly and respectfully.